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Oct 28, 2015 11:56 PM

UNH Football prepares for URI

DURHAM - After 162 consecutive weeks as a nationally-ranked team, dating all the way to 2004, UNH snapped that record streak this month.

This season they're 3-4 overall and 1-3 in conference games. This weekend they host URI who's also struggling. UNH wants to use this game as a building block in the right direction and feel better practices will give them that boost.

"Coach Mac [Sean McDonnell] talks a lot about an 'on' switch,'" said Cam Shorey, a junior defensive end. "You can't just turn it on on Saturday. We need to bring it everyday. So far this week, we've been playing really hard, so I think that will show on Saturday."

The Wildcats hope that coming home will also make a positive impact. They're 2-0 this season at Cowell Stadium.

"There are a lot of families here," Shorey said about playing in Durham. "When we play at home, a lot of guys are local - Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine for me. Having that support around is great. Also just the travel - the buses, the planes, it just takes the juice out of you."

UNH historically has performed well against URI. They're 56-27-5 against the Rams.

URI has not played since their loss at Richmond October 17.

"I expect them to be a physical football team with a big offensive line that wants to run the football," said coach McDonnell. "I think they're a team that plays extremely fast and runs the football on defense, and I think they're a really hungry team.

Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at Cowell Stadium on Saturday.

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